There are many places you are unlikely to find Olivia Wilde. At a garbage dump? Nope. On Mars? Nope. At the national competitive stamp-collecting finals? That’s not a real thing, so once again nope. But standing head and shoulders above the rest is SeaWorld, where there’s pretty much zero chance you’ll spot the Hollywood actress.
I mean, NASA scientists are at least working on that Mars thing, right?
Back in July 2013, the “Her” star tweeted that she was excited to see Blackfish. “Only movie I want to see this week: Blackfish,” she wrote about the film, which premiered that week. “Watch out, Sea World. We are on to you.”
The Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films documentary examines the practice of keeping orca whales in captivity as well as the theme parks, like SeaWorld, that participate in and benefit from this controversial practice.
SeaWorld has not ceased keeping orca whales in captivity since Blackfish's debut, but the movie has definitely made an impact.
Inspired by Blackfish, California State Assemblyman Richard Bloom introduced a bill in 2014 that would ban orca whale performances at SeaWorld’s San Diego park and end the practice of keeping the marine mammals in captivity in the state.
Although AB2140 has stalled for the time being, SeaWorld has experienced at least minor financial setbacks since 2013. Last August, the International Business Times reported a 4.3 percent drop in attendance, a 1.5 percent drop in revenue, and a more than 30 percent dip in SeaWorld shares.
Wilde isn’t the only famous face who has spoken out against SeaWorld, and animal captivity more generally. Matt Damon, Russell Brand, and Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart have also lent their voices to this cause.
And if that’s the lunch table Olivia’s likely to be found at, we’ve got to make a trip to the cafeteria stat.